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Best family ski resort in Canada

1Whistler Blackcomb, BC


Sitting 121 kilometres north of Vancouver is the largest ski resort in North America with the greatest uphill lift capacity. With over 200 trails to occupy shredders of all abilities, a pedestrian-friendly village with hundreds of retail shops, award-winning restaurants and plenty of activities, the resort is everything that families could want in a winter getaway.


2SilverStar, BC


British Columbia’s third largest ski area is 1,328 hectares of world-class skiable terrain spread across four mountain faces. The colourful ski-in, ski-out village is pretty as a picture, but SilverStar is more than a fairytale setting. The new gondola improves access for beginners and cross-country skiers alike, while powderhounds can carve up the steep and deep runs on the back of the mountain.


3Sun Peaks, BC


Canada’s second largest ski area, Sun Peaks Resort is a slice of paradise. Its intimate ski-through village is magical, and the variety of slopes on the three mountains will thrill all, from never-ever beginners to double-black-chasing thrillseekers. There is a reason why so many families keep on going back to Sun Peaks year after year … find out for yourself!


4Big White, BC


Big White is one of only a few ski resorts that offer ski-in, ski-out convenience right at your doorstep. From the main street you can access any one of the 118 runs, with 16 lifts ready and waiting to take you further up the mountain. But for those looking for a break from the slopes, Big White offers ice skating, ice hockey, mega tubing, ice climbing, mini snowmobiles and even a spa treatment to relax your muscles after a day on the slopes.


5Revelstoke, BC


Despite having over 20,000 hectares of skiable terrain and an average snowfall of 10.5 metres, Revelstoke Mountain Resort is still relatively unknown among Australian families. Still, it is gaining wider renown for its off-piste terrain, bowls and glades, and for having the highest vertical descent in North America at 1,829 metres from top to bottom. It is an absolute haven for intermediate and advanced skiers, with lift-, cat- and heli-skiing all from the one base. As word spreads, more and more families will flock to take advantage of the pristine open air of the Selkirk Mountains.

Expert picks

Best for beginners


1. Sun Peaks, BC

=2. SilverStar, BC + Whistler Blackcomb, BC + Big White, BC

3. Banff Sunshine, Alberta

Best for advanced families


1. Revelstoke, BC

=2. Kicking Horse, BC + SilverStar, BC + Red Mountain Resort, BC

3. Whistler Blackcomb, BC

Best village


=1. Whistler, BC + Sun Peaks, BC

2. SilverStar, BC

3. Fernie, BC

Best for all-round family activities


1. Whistler Blackcomb, BC

=2. SilverStar, BC + Big White, BC

3. Sun Peaks, BC

Best freestyle resort


1. Whistler Blackcomb, BC

2. Big White, BC

3. Lake Louise, Alberta

Readers' picks

Readers' Choice Awards


1. Whistler Blackcomb, BC

2. Big White, BC

3. Sun Peaks, BC

=4. Banff Sunshine – Lake Louise – Mt Norquay, Alberta

5. SilverStar, BC

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